Number of Participants: 28
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $946
Event Type: Children & Youth
Sport: Girls Lacrosse
Date: September 20, 2018
South Avenue, Garden City
Garden City, N.Y. – With a little help from an organization called Friends of Jaclyn (FOJ), the Adelphi University women’s lacrosse program added another star to their 2018-19 roster, in the form of five-year old Alexia “Lexi” Corvino, who suffers from a very rare and complex form of Mitochondrial Disease.
Not only did the team “adopt” Lexi, but welcomed her mom, dad and older brother Frankie on a cool Friday in early September.
The team was introduced to the Corvino family through Friends of Jaclyn, a not-for-profit that aims to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers by pairing them with local teams, clubs and community groups.
Denis Murphy, father and founder of FOJ, was on-site for the ceremony and shared a little of his story before turning it over to Lexi and her family.
In 2004, nine year old Jaclyn Murphy was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Through chance events she became connected to and later adopted by Northwestern Univesrity women’s lacrosse team as an honorary team member. The team went on to a perfect season, winning their first NCAA national championship in 64 years.
Later, Jaclyn shared her dream of helping all of the sick children in the hospital with her family and in 2005 the foundation was born.
“The entire coaching staff at Adelphi have done more than just enhance the lives of the Corvino family — they’ve just put into motion the development of leaders both on and off the field,” commented Murphy.
“We can’t wait to see how Lexi grows with this team, we know she is in great hands with Coach McCabe and Frankie Caridi at the helm!”
Melissa Cornivo, Lexi’s mother spoke to the group and explained what her daughter battles every day after being diagnosed with this rare disease.
“They [FOJ] have brought more hope and light into our lives and extended our amazing family and supporters with uniting us with Adelphi women’s lacrosse,” she remarked. “This is more than Lexi and Frankie “joining a team” to us, it’s the start of a forever bond we now have with Lexi’s new sisters.”
“We can look forward to cheering on the girls instead of dwelling on our harsh reality we face when Lexi is sick. Just in the past week I have seen both kids have so much to look forward too rather than seeing worry and fear.”
The team enjoyed dinosaur nuggets with ketchup – Lexi’s favorite- and funfetti cupcakes before heading out to Motamed Field to take some photos and play some games.
“For starters, I never truly understood the meaning of toughness until I met Lexi, or as we like to call her “Lexinator,” said senior captain Chelsea Abreu.
“The number of hurdles that she has had to overcome up until this point in her life and her resiliency through it all, is a true testament to her strength. Although she is only a kindergartner, Lexi’s vibrant and outgoing personality goes well beyond her years.”
“On behalf of the entire AU family we would like to thank the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation for matching us with our forever friend in Lexi. We are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this journey.”
About Adelphi Athletics
Adelphi University joined the Northeast-10 Conference in the fall of 2009, and in the past eight seasons, has collected 27 regular season conference titles, 29 tournament championships, 41 individual crowns and captured the Northeast-10 Presidents’ Cup four times (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017), while winning six NCAA Division II National Championships.
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